Prague development projects on display at CAMP

The future shape of the city cam be seen in the plans for public and private projects

Prague is constantly changing. You can see 60 projects what will affect the future shape of the city at the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP). The exhibition, called Praha zítra II (Prague Tomorrow II), runs until May 4. Entry is free.

CAMP is managed by the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) and is located near the IPR offices at Vyšehradská 51 in Prague 2.

There are transportation works, modern architecture and public buildings. The projects presented in the exhibition are in different stages of development.

“The public will see many projects at the exhibition for the first time. I am very glad that we managed to create a place like CAMP where people go to answer the question of how Prague will develop,” Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) said in a press release.

The new group of projects will include unpublished visualizations of the Smíchov Distillery, the reconstruction of the former MEOPTA factory in Cibulka and the latest visualizations of the Modřaný sugar works and Nusle Brewery.

In addition to private projects, the exhibition will also present important public investments such as the construction of Metro D, the renovation of Malostranské náměstí, new entrances to the Výstaviště in Holešovice and the renovation of Šlechtova restaurace in Stromovka.

“The exhibition is the next step in creating a database of all construction projects in Prague that will be accessible physically in CAMP and virtually on the web. People will have a complete overview of what is planned in the city,” Prague Deputy Mayor Petra Kolinska (Greens) said.

Part of the exhibition is a documentary video called Místa, která čekaj (Places that Are Waiting), offering an unconventional view of some of the location in Prague that could be developed.

The accompanying program includes lectures and guided tours.

The IPR counts some 1,466 hectares that can be developed, with the most important and largest areas covering up to 234 hectares. This is equivalent to 50 time the area of Wenceslas Square.

“We pay special attention to unused localities today. I am referring to the restoration of nature on the banks of the Vltava river around Císařský ostrov or plans for the emergence of urban districts at the former railway stations,” IPR director Ondřej Boháč, said.

CAMP opened in September 2017. The information center has an exhibition hall with large-screen projection facilities, a study room, a cafeteria, an outdoor terrace and an indoor amphitheater.

Its main mission, according to its website, is to improve the current form of public debate on the development of Prague.

CAMP is not only intended to serve architects, designers, and investors, but also city districts, NGOs and the population as a whole as a primary source of clear and accessible information on the capital city’s present and future form.

The building that houses CAMP comes from the end of the 1960s and was designed by architect Karel Prager, who also designed the Nová scéna building in the National Theatre, and the former Federal Assembly building, currently part of the National Museum, among other modern works.

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